Sunday, January 31, 2016

Polska efter Jonas Hansson

Hello!
I've bought some new software, so I've been playing with it today. I've recorded and videoed a nice little polska from Småland.  I spent a while looking for a tune with the G natural in it because it had been requested, but I still wanted it playable on normal SSPs (i.e. not with the minor 6) and this is the one I found!

It's playable on both säckpipa and Scottish smallpipes as long as you have a thumb hole for the right hand. I spent so long on the arrangement that I ran out of time to create the Scottish small pipe version - but after you've watched the video I'm sure you'll forgive me!

The duet part that is included isn't playable as written on the pipes, but I thought you might like it anyway and it would be quite easy just to put the notes that are too low up and octave. This is how I played it.

So this is a polska I've found on my search for bagpipe-able tunes from Småland. Polska after Jonas Hansson and it's from the Carl-Erik Södling manuscript. I think it's gorgeous! See what you think!
:)
Vx




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Polska från Gladhammar

Hello!
A new year and a new start! It's definitely time to start blogging again, I'm in the middle of some pretty hefty work on Swedish säckpipa tunes and putting together a collection of tunes from the county of Småland, where my family is from. It's been a pretty intense time collating this collection. So for the next six months I want to share some of what I've found. As much as possible I'm going to try to blog versions of tunes on both Scottish smallpipes and the Swedish säckpipa, it won't always be possible, but here goes nothing!

So I'm kicking off the year with a tune called Polska fern Gladhammar after Johan Petter.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki
 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Piggelunkschottisen

Hello!
It's time to start doing some more podcasts and videos! I thought I'd start with some Swedish bagpipe videos as I've made a few since I last posted. Then I'll start to make some new Scottish Smallpipe blogs. So to start with here is a video of a tune called Piggelunkschottisen - it's a säckpipa tune.(Swedish bagpipes) and it's going on our new album. I've taught this tune on nyckelharpa, so here's a link to the tune slowly, it's in the same key. Below the video is the dots. It's not playable on the standard Scottish Smallpipe I'm afraid as you need the minor 6th. So SSP tunes coming soon!
:)
Vx





Monday, March 10, 2014

International Bagpipe Day 2014

Hello!
It's International Bagpipe Day 2014 and I wanted to let you know that I've not forgotten about this blog! I've been quite busy with different projects. The 24 Tunes in a Swedish Style for Bagpipes being the major bagpipe related one. So to celebrate today I went out into the garden on a lovely sunny day and practised. I suspect I disturbed absolutely no-one! Enjoy my half hour practise condensed down into a little over 2 minutes.....


I'll do another podcast soon - I promise! :) Vicki

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Jacob's Jig

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Hello!
Time for a new tune! This is Jacob's Jig. It has a high G#, but again I've given an alternative. A simple but effective little jig.
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Julia's Waltz

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Hello!
A late but timely new tune for you. It's called Julia's Waltz and uses a high B and G# key, but don't worry. Included in the dots are suggestions for how you can get round this is you don't have those extra keys.
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pachelpiper

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Hello!
A tune written for International Bagpipe Day on International Bagpipe Day. I didn't get chance to finish recording it yesterday on the day itself, so here it is today.  It's a tune that uses D drones and A chanter and also needs a high B key.  But I wanted something special for a special day.  The podcast links are above, but you can also listen to the melody on the soundcloud widget below.

The dots of the tune have been corrected, there was an error in it, so if you downloaded your version before the 20th December 2013 - please download the latest version. This has also been updated to included the accompaniment.

The title of the tune needs no explanation - not once you've heard it anyway!
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Swedish Bagpipes - Solstrålepolskan

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Hello!
In celebration of International Bagpipe day a Swedish bagpipe tune. It's an 8-note polska (or triplet polska). Enjoy! Scottish Smallpipes next time, with a tune written especially for International Bagpipe Day... :D

:)
Vicki
P.S. This tune is really called Solstrålepolskan, not really Solstinget as I call it in the podcast.  Solstråle is a sunbeam, solstinget is sunstroke. ;)